Angst: It Gets Better

Angst: It Gets Better

18 Episodes

Angst: It Gets Better is a docu-series filmed over the course of 20 years capturing real life stories about growing up. Each episode provides a quick glimpse into the lives of children as they age before our eyes (8yrs-28yrs) sharing their thoughts and feelings on family, relationships, school, religion and life.
(running time varies by episode 7mins-18 mins)

Angst: It Gets Better
  • Angst: It Gets Better - Sam and Luke

    Episode 1

    Sam and Luke are two brothers who love their family but have trouble with each other. Jealousy and depression factor in but when one steps out and does something kind for the other a new relationship emerges. A story that speaks to the power of family.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Exe...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Darius

    Episode 2

    Darius was born a ‘he’ but as adolescence approaches he feels more like a ‘she’ and makes a very bold decision. His/Her amazing journey thus far.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive Producer
    Scilla Andreen as Executive Producer
    Karin Gornick as Executive Producer
    Kevin Klar as Prod...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Jade

    Episode 3

    Jade, like many girls, grows up investing her self worth in her appearance. But she becomes more critical with every passing day and develops BDD(body dysmorphic disorder) where she looks in the mirror and sees a monster. She descends into a self-destructive abyss of promiscuity, alcohol and hero...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Simon

    Episode 4

    Simon is a kid who appears to have it all---smarts, looks, athletic ability, a great family. But all is not what it appears to be. Too sensitive for his new reality, he falls into an abyss from which most people never emerge. A story of family, loss, betrayal, self discovery and redemption.


  • Angst: It Gets Better - Danielle

    Episode 5

    Danielle is a girl who at 12 enjoyed puddle-jumping with her friends but by 14 she was cutting and ended up in a mental hospital. As a story of molestation emerges, she struggles to recover. A story of betrayal, innocence loss, courage and recovery.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Execu...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Cristian

    Episode 6

    Cristian is an immigrant boy with an unabridged belief in the American dream. But when his father fails to follow the family from Mexico, this land of opportunity comes at a cost. Will his optimism survive?

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive Producer
    Scilla Andreen as Executive Pr...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Geannette

    Episode 7

    Gennette--a bright, young African American with a passion for journalism. But when she suddenly finds herself as the central target in the most notorious national tabloid scandal of 2011, how will she handle it and will her faith in this time honored profession survive?

    Rick Stevenson as W...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Kellan

    Episode 8

    Kellan is a boy whose health problems could not stop him from playing his beloved baseball. But will that same courage bolster him as his family breaks apart and he loses his once dependable father to alcoholism?

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive Producer
    Scilla Andreen as Execut...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Gwenth

    Episode 9

    Gwenth is born of Vietnamese Immigrants and when she hits High School in America, her father tighten his grip against any American influence in the family…with bad results.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive Producer
    Scilla Andreen as Executive Producer
    Karin Gornick as Executive...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Prottush

    Episode 10

    Prottush is an innocent, young Canadian Muslim kid who immigrates to a post-911 America suspicious of ‘his kind'. He denies who he is in an attempt to fit it and starts to lose himself. Will he find himself again before losing himself altogether?

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Zeke and Eli

    Episode 11

    Zeke and Eli are two brothers torn apart by the events surrounding the implosion of their family. Zeke chooses the road to self medication and nearly ends up killing his best friend. Eli attempts to avoid his brother’s mistakes but events continue to drag him down. Zeke finally finds redemption b...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Zoriah and Veda

    Episode 12

    Zoriah and Veda are a brother and sister living alone with their artist father. When tragedy strikes, they are bonded by a common loss and the challenges of negotiating the social minefield of middle school and high school.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive Producer
    Scilla Andre...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Jonny and Liam

    Episode 13

    Jonny and Liam are two highly competitive brothers who set their sights on attending McGill University(the Harvard of Canada). Brotherly love means they have each other’s back but Jonny is hiding behind a brave face and Liam is hiding something even bigger.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Directo...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Kobra

    Episode 14

    Kobra is a beautiful young princess trying to please everyone and be the perfect girl but the fear of failure is taking it toll. As the pressure mounts she decides to ‘let it go’ and risks it all to Canada’s leading female heavy metal rock star opening for KISS.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Di...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Luciano

    Episode 15

    Luciano is dirt poor and lives in a small town in Chile. He lost his right eye to cancer, his mother to alcoholism and now an even more devastating disaster strikes him. What does he do? You’ve never seen a story like this one as he redefines resilience and symbolizes the unlimited potential of t...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Haley

    Episode 16

    Haley is the homecoming princess that others look up to. Kind, fun-loving, athletic. She has everything going for her but she struggles with a deep sadness and a guilt for feeling that way.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executive Producer
    Scilla Andreen as Executive Producer
    Karin Gor...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Jonathan

    Episode 17

    Jonathan—an achiever with big dreams until the reluctant realization of his own sexuality sends him into a tailspin of addiction, violence and turmoil. His story of coming to accept himself is a microcosm of the Gay Rights Movement in this decade.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Director/Executiv...

  • Angst: It Gets Better - Hans

    Episode 18

    Hans fights childhood Leukemia and beats it. But a side effect is social anxiety as he enters middle school develops Crohn’s disease. In an attempt to find relevance in his life he decides to become the first teen to chronicle teen Crohn’s disease on video.

    Rick Stevenson as Writer/Directo...